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Africa in Fact Issue 17, November 2013: Health - Taking the pulse

Africa in Fact Issue 17, November 2013: Health - Taking the pulse

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While first-world doctors treat African dictators, many of Africa’s citizens are left behind, crippled with malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases. The continent bears 25% of the world’s disease burden yet spends only 1% of the world’s health funds, according to research published in the journal Ethnicity & Disease in 2009. African Union countries committed to increasing their healthcare spending to at least 15% of government expenditure in 2001, but a decade later only Tanzania had achieved this target. Improving healthcare is important not just because healthier people contribute more to economic growth. It is a moral imperative because it alleviates misery, pain and death—a privilege that should not be reserved for the ruling elites. This Africa in Fact takes the pulse of Africa's healthcare. Stories cover issues such as medical migration in Togo, the departure of MSF from Somalia, counterfeit drugs and the food insecurity crisis in Burundi.